JP5978346B2 - System and method for integrating home network communication and broadcast reception in a set top box - Google Patents

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JP5978346B2
JP5978346B2 JP2015106129A JP2015106129A JP5978346B2 JP 5978346 B2 JP5978346 B2 JP 5978346B2 JP 2015106129 A JP2015106129 A JP 2015106129A JP 2015106129 A JP2015106129 A JP 2015106129A JP 5978346 B2 JP5978346 B2 JP 5978346B2
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Description

  The present disclosure relates generally to receivers that receive broadcast data signals, and more specifically to set-top boxes that receive broadcast digital data and home networking signals on a common transmission medium.

  This section is intended to introduce the reader to various aspects of the technology related to the various aspects of the disclosure described below. This discussion is believed to help provide background information to the reader to help better understand various aspects of the present disclosure. Thus, of course, these descriptions should be read from this point of view and do not admit prior art.

  Advanced set-top boxes such as those used to receive terrestrial, cable or satellite signals often have one or more of a variety of additional networking functions. Digital home networking (DHN) services are often included as a feature that allows multiple set-top boxes, usually located in a single subscriber premises, to communicate with each other. One common DHN protocol, created by the Multimedia over Cable Alliance (MoCA), uses the same cabling system used to deliver primary broadcast (ie, cable or satellite broadcast) services. Involved in content and control information transmitted between set-top boxes. In general, incorporating MoCA with the distribution of satellite-based services requires that the frequency spectrum used for home networking systems be outside the spectrum used for various satellite distribution systems.

  However, the constraints associated with external operating interfaces, or the cost and practicality of design, do not always allow the use of broadcast and distributed spectrum for satellite signals. In one embodiment, the home networking system is currently implemented for use with satellite signals operating in the range of 500 megahertz (MHz) to 600 MHz. However, set top boxes are designed to receive satellite signals in the frequency range of 250 MHz to 2150 MHz. To enable use of the home networking system, a series of switches and filters may be included to process the home networking signal separately from the satellite broadcast signal. The additional circuitry adds significant cost and complexity to the system, and more importantly, affects the performance of set-top box broadcast reception. The performance impact is mainly due to the inclusion of switches and other circuits that increase signal insertion loss and signal distortion for broadcast signals. Systems and methods are desired that address the problems associated with home networking communications in connection with broadcast communications in set-top boxes.

  Systems and methods are provided for receiving and transmitting home networking communications in a specific frequency spectrum in one mode of operation and receiving specific satellite signals in substantially the same frequency spectrum in another mode of operation. The method comprises the steps of receiving at least one of a broadcast signal and a home networking signal, and determining whether the received signal is a broadcast signal or a home networking signal, the frequency of the broadcast signal The range overlaps with the frequency range of the home networking signal.

  The method may be implemented in a set top box device. An apparatus receives a signal and filters the signal to generate a portion of the received signal that is in a first frequency range and a portion of the received signal that is in a second frequency range. Has a diplexer. A switching circuit is coupled to the diplexer, the switching circuit receiving a portion of the received signal that is in the second frequency range. A controller is coupled to the output of the switching circuit, and the controller determines whether the portion of the received signal that is in the second frequency range is a first signal type or a second signal type. To do. The switching circuit has the second frequency for demodulation based on whether a portion of the received signal in the second frequency range is the first signal type or the second signal type. Supply the portion of the received signal that is in range.

1 is a block diagram of a home communication and broadcast signal receiving system according to the present principle. FIG. It is a circuit diagram of a home communication and broadcast signal receiving system according to the present principle. FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an example of a switching control mechanism incorporated in a home communication and broadcast signal receiving system according to the present principles. FIG. 6 is another block diagram of an example of a switching control mechanism incorporated in a home communication and broadcast signal receiving system according to the present principles. FIG. 6 is yet another block diagram of an example of a switching control mechanism incorporated within a home communication and broadcast signal receiving system in accordance with the present principles. It is a flowchart detailing operation | movement of the home communication and broadcast signal receiving system according to this principle. It is a flowchart detailing operation | movement of the home communication and broadcast signal receiving system according to this principle.

  One or more specific examples of the present disclosure are described below. In an effort to provide a concise description of these examples, not all features of an actual implementation are described in the specification. In such actual implementation progress as found in any engineering or design project, many implementation-specific decisions vary from implementation to implementation, such as compliance with system-related and business-related constraints. Clearly, this should be done to achieve the developer's specific goals. Furthermore, it is clear that such development efforts can in any case be routine work of design, fabrication and manufacture for those skilled in the art.

  The following describes a system related to broadcast signals, and more specifically, broadcast signals defined for use in satellite and / or cable signal transmission systems and home networking systems. The described embodiments may be used in set-top boxes, television receivers, or similar signal receiving devices. Examples of similar devices include, but are not limited to, mobile phones, intelligent phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and laptop computers. Other systems used to receive other types of signals may have similar configurations and processes. As will be apparent to those skilled in the art, the circuit and processing embodiments described herein are merely a set of potential embodiments. In general, signals that comply with various broadcast and wireless standards may be transmitted in other ways than by satellite or cable networks, including transmission on air, over wireless networks, or over telephone lines Should be noted. As such, in alternative embodiments, system components may be rearranged or omitted, or additional components may be added. For example, with minor changes, the system described is configured for use in other terrestrial broadcast services, WiFi video and audio services, or telephone data services, including services used elsewhere in the world. It's okay.

  The embodiments described below mainly relate to the reception of signals. Certain aspects of the embodiments, including (but not limited to) specific control signals and power supply connections, are not described or illustrated, but can be readily ascertained by one skilled in the art. It should be noted that embodiments may be implemented using hardware, software, or some combination thereof, including the use of microprocessors and program code or custom integrated circuits. It should also be noted that many embodiments involve connections and repetitive operations between the various elements of that embodiment. Alternative embodiments may be possible using a pipelined architecture that uses the same repeated elements connected in series with, instead of, or in addition to the iterative embodiments described herein. .

  Systems and methods are provided for transmitting and receiving home networking communications on a specific frequency spectrum in one mode of operation and receiving specific satellite signals on approximately the same frequency spectrum in another mode of operation. The architecture and processing implemented by the system advantageously provides significant cost savings and improved performance over conventional set-top boxes. Content providers (ie, cable and satellite providers) have embarked on other ways of delivering content to consumers beyond traditional broadcasting of audio and video data. In other words, content providers are using set-top boxes in consumer homes to create home networks.

  An exemplary multi-mode content receiver system is described herein. The system advantageously allows two different types of data signals to be received via the same input path. Each data signal has its own frequency, but the frequencies at least partially overlap each other. For example, the set top box receives a cable / satellite input signal having a frequency in the range of 250 MHz to 2150 MHz and a home networking signal having a frequency in the range of 400 MH to 600 MHz (eg, according to MoCA) for adaptive routing. I do. The above frequency ranges shown for a particular type of input signal are described for illustration only and those skilled in the art will understand the principle of demodulating signals received over the same cable in overlapping frequency ranges. It can be easily extended to some type of data signal with overlapping frequencies. The system allows for two types of home networking services between multiple set-top boxes in connection with the delivery of broadcast services such as cable or satellite broadcast services to each of the set-top boxes in the consumer premises. The system advantageously eliminates the interface problems associated with combining a receiver system for broadcast services and a home networking communication system when the two systems share a common transmission medium such as a coaxial cable. To do.

  FIG. 1 illustrates an embodiment of a hybrid home communication and broadcast signaling system 100. The system 10 includes a receiver 12 (hereinafter referred to as a “set top box”). The set top box 12 has a system controller 5 that receives user input in a conventional manner to selectively determine the type of data output by the set top box 12 for display. Various control signals used to control the operation of the set top box 12 are processed by the system controller 5. The set top box 12 has a connector 14 that receives at least two input signals via a single input (eg, an F connector coupled to a coaxial cable). The system controller 5 transmits a mode determination signal 9 via the connector 14. The mode determination signal 9 is used to selectively determine the type of signal processed by the receiving equipment 7 for reception and display by the set top box 12. The receiving facility 7 can receive at least one of (a) a broadcast data signal (eg, a Deseq C (Digital Satellite Equipment Control) signal) and (b) a broadcast signal and a digital home networking signal. The reception facility 7 includes, for example, a parabolic antenna and other related conventional electronic circuits for receiving either broadcast signals and digital home networking signals. In the first operation mode, the mode determination signal 9 returns a report that the reception equipment 7 receives the broadcast data signal to the system controller 5, and in the second operation mode, the mode determination signal 9 is received by the reception equipment 7. Returns a report to the system controller 5 that it receives both the broadcast data signal and the digital home networking signal. The input signals include broadcast signals in the frequency range above 950 MHz and in the frequency range below 950 MHz, and home networking signals in the frequency range below 950 MHz, at different times or in different modes.

  The set top box 12 has a band diplexer 16 that filters the signal input and divides the signal input into component signals that are above a threshold frequency (eg, 950 MHz) and component signals that are below the threshold frequency. Band diplexer 16 is coupled to receive switch matrix 20 and control diplexer 34. The receive switch matrix 20 selectively routes any signal sent through the diplexer 16 to the desired tuner (21, 22) for output in response to the receive control signal 24. Control diplexer 34 is coupled to transmit mode switch 32 and selectively filters signals coming from diplexer 16 according to signal type and frequency range. The transmission mode switch 32 is configured to selectively operate in a “transmission only” mode or a “transmission / reception” mode. Control diplexer 34 and transmission mode switch 32 advantageously allow transmission of a first type of signal (ie, a broadcast signal) and a second type of signal (a home networking signal). The frequency ranges associated with each of the first type and the second type at least partially overlap. The transmit mode switch 32 is also coupled to the receive switch matrix 20 for selectively routing any signal sent through the transmit mode switch 32 to the desired tuner (21, 22) or networking transceiver 28. .

  In the following, the operating modes used by the system 10 will be discussed. During operation, system 10 processes a first type of signal that is a broadcast signal (ie, a cable / satellite signal) and a second type of signal that is a home networking signal. In the first operation mode, the input signal received by the connector 14 is separated into the first input signal 17 by the band diplexer 16 when the frequency is higher than 950 MHz. A first input signal 17 having a frequency greater than 950 MHz is provided to the receive switch matrix 20. The receive switch matrix 20 adaptively determines which of the one or more tuners 21, 22 is supplied with the first input signal 17. The receive switch matrix 20 receives from the system controller 5 a receive control signal 24 that includes information indicating how the receive switch matrix 20 routes the first input signal 17 received from the diplexer 16. Receive control signal 24 selectively switches receive switch matrix 20 between different outputs and directs the received signal along the correct signal path. The signal path is determined in response to user request data (eg, broadcast content type and channel).

  Further, in the first operation mode, the portion of the input signal having a frequency lower than 950 MHz is separated and filtered by the diplexer 16 and is supplied to the control diplexer 34 as the second input signal 19. The mode determination signal 9 includes data identifying that the operation mode is the first mode (that is, only the broadcast data signal). In response, the system controller 5 provides a control signal 31 to the control diplexer 34 to set the control diplexer 34 to function as a pass-through for the second input signal 19 having a frequency below 950 MHz. Further, the control signal 31 is supplied to the transmission mode switch 32 and sets the transmission mode switch 32 so as to operate in the transmission only mode. In the first mode, the second input signal 19 is of the first type and is supplied to the control diplexer 34. The control diplexer 34 filters the second input signal 19 in response to the control signal 31 supplied by the system controller 5 and based on the type of receiving equipment 7 supplied, the first type and second Divide into types. The second input signal 19 of the first type is supplied to the transmission mode switch 32. The transmission mode switch 32 is instructed to operate in the transmission mode in response to the control signal 31 specifying that the second input signal 19 is the first type in the first operation mode. The transmission mode switch 32 provides a first input signal 19 of the first type to the reception switch matrix 20, and the reception switch matrix 20 selectively determines a signal transmission path to a specific tuner / demodulator 21, 22. To do. The operation of the receive switch matrix 20 is controlled by a receive control signal 24 that includes data instructing the receive switch matrix 20 to allocate and provide a transmission path for the first input signal 19 of the first type. In this way, in the first mode of operation, when there is a broadcast signal having a portion above and below the threshold frequency of 950 MHz, the reception switch matrix 20 is responsive to the reception control signal 24 to select a specific tuner. / Selectively determine a path for signal transmission to the demodulator ICs 21 and 22. In this way, the switch matrix 20 can output a broadcast signal having both low and high frequencies.

  In an exemplary operation, the set top box 12 controls the receiving equipment 7 to ensure that the receiving equipment 7 provides the type of signal that the set top box 12 wishes to receive. In the first mode of operation, the set top box 12 determines that it is not connected to a single wire mode (SWM mode) capable network (ie, a network that can only receive broadcast signals). This determination is described below in connection with FIG. In this mode, the input signal received at connector 14 is a 22 kilohertz (kHz) Diseq C signal and set top box 12 sets itself to turn off networking transceiver 28. When the system is operating in the first mode of operation, the system controller 5 ensures that all received signals are sent to one of the tuners 21, 22 based on channel selection information provided by the user. The reception control signal 24 is generated.

  For example, if the user decides to tune to the channel requesting the signal from the satellite at a 101 degree position and a downconverted frequency of 974 MHz, the set top box 12 allows 974 MHz to be present at the F connector input. A control signal is sent to the receiving equipment 7 to select the correct satellite and correct polarity. The signal is fed to the diplexer 16 and, because the frequency of the signal is above 950 MHz, the diplexer 16 filters the signal as a first input signal 17 fed to the receiving switch matrix 20. Since the set-top box 12 is searching for 974 MHz, the system controller 5 automatically sets the switch matrix 20 to connect the first input signal 17 to the tuner (20 or 21) that requests that frequency. In contrast, if the user selects the HD channel and the set top box 12 determines that the desired channel is in the satellite at a 103 degree position and a downconverted frequency of 550 MHz, the set top box 12 , Tells the receiving equipment 7 to select the 103 degree satellite, and sends out a control signal that lowers the correct polarity required by itself. In this case, a 250-750 MHz signal is supplied to the F connector 14 and since this portion of the input signal is below 950 MHz, the diplexer 16 filters the signal and passes the filtered signal to the second input signal. 19 is supplied. Since the system controller 5 determines that the second input signal is of the first type, the system controller 5 sets the control diplexer 34 to function as a pass-through via the control signal 31 and transmits the transmission mode. The switch 32 is set to operate in the transmission only mode. In this way, a second input signal 19 having a frequency of 550 MHz is provided to the receiving switch matrix 20 for connection to an appropriate tuner 20, 21.

  In the second mode of operation, the system facilitates simultaneous transmission and output of a first input signal 17 having a frequency above the threshold frequency and a second input signal 19 having a frequency below the threshold frequency. For example, the first input signal 17 may comprise a broadcast signal and the second input signal 19 may comprise a home networking signal. The system controller 5 determines that the receiving equipment 7 can operate in SWM mode and can receive both broadcast and home networking signals. In SWM mode, the receiving facility 7 receives all broadcast signals having a frequency between 250 MHz and 2150 MHz and automatically remixes any broadcast signal below the threshold frequency of 950 MHz to exceed the threshold frequency of 950 MHz. . The band diplexer 16 divides the input signal received at the connector 14 into a first input signal 17 of a first type and a second input signal 19 of a second type. Thus, in the first mode of operation, if one of the signals divided by the band diplexer 16 is below the threshold frequency (ie, 950 MHz), the signal is a home networking signal having a frequency in the range of 400 MHz to 600 MH. . The system controller 5 determines that the reception facility 7 can operate in the second operation mode. In response to this determination, the system controller 5 generates a control signal 31. The control signal 31 may be a 2.3 MHz frequency shift keying (FSK) control signal associated with the home networking signal. The control signal 31 is supplied to the control diplexer 34. The control diplexer 34 filters the second input signal 19 from the control signal 31 and identifies the second input signal 19 as being of the second type (ie, home networking signal).

  In response to determining that the system is operating in the second mode, the system controller 5 instructs the DHN transceiver 28 to generate the network control signal 29. The DHN transceiver 28 controls the transmission mode switch 32 depending on whether it is receiving (RX mode) or transmitting (TX mode). The network control signal 29 is supplied to the transmission mode switch 32 and sets the transmission mode switch 32 to operate in the bidirectional transmission / reception mode. In transmit mode, the DHN transceiver 28 sets the transmit mode switch 32 to TX mode, and the home networking signal (MoCA signal) passes from the DHN transceiver 28 through the transmit mode switch 32, the control diplexer 34 and the band diplexer 16 to the connector 14. To the output via. In receive mode, the DHN transceiver 28 sets the transmit mode switch 32 to allow the second type of second input signal 19 (home networking signal) divided by the control diplexer 34 to pass through the transmit mode switch 32. Set.

  The transmission mode switch 32 provides a second type of second input signal 19 to the reception switch matrix 20. When received, the switch matrix 20 is responsive to the reception control signal 24 to provide a second type of second input signal 19 (ie, a home networking signal having a frequency below 950 MHz) to the home network transceiver circuit 28. Selectively connect to. In this way, the set top box 12 facilitates two-way communication between multiple set top boxes at a particular location (eg, a user's home) after determining that the signal is a home networking signal. The network transceiver 28 may provide home networking signals to further set top boxes based on, for example, routing data included in the signals. Other aspects of set-top box 12 (eg, user interface and power supply) for receiving broadcast signals and sending and receiving home networking communications are not shown, but are necessary for proper operation by those skilled in the art. It is easily understood accordingly.

  In an embodiment, the home networking communication system 10 used with the set top box 12 shown in FIG. 1 follows MoCA. The MoCA system uses a half-duplex (ie, only transmit or receive, not both at the same time) protocol with orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) modulation that maps variable multi-level symbols. MoCA may operate in any frequency range supported by transmission in coaxial cables and associated connecting components (eg, amplifiers and signal splitters). The MoCA signal may be present around the spectrum of the broadcast signal. However, potential adverse signal conditions caused by the presence of high signal power level MoCA signals and weaker signal power level broadcast signals are usually the presence of a frequency spectrum guard band between the home networking service and the broadcast signal. You need to do. The home networking signal, which is a MoCA compliant signal, is provided for illustrative purposes only, and the system may demodulate any home networking protocol supported by the shared signal delivery medium. In this way, the system adaptively combines two different types of signals during demodulation without any additional costly circuitry due to diplexing and switching even when the frequencies of the signals overlap each other. Can be distinguished. It should be noted that the present disclosure may be used with other home networking protocols that operate on shared signal delivery media.

  FIG. 2 shows a circuit diagram of a hybrid home communication and broadcast signaling system 200. System 200 has multiple circuits used in a conventional set-top box and is adaptive to two different types of input signals transmitted simultaneously as part of a single signal distribution medium via input 202. Tune those circuits to filter and route. The circuit shown here allows the set-top box to be manufactured at a lower cost but reduced receiver complexity so as to improve operational performance. The system 200 may be implemented as part of a satellite set-top box that can receive signals having a wide frequency range so that the signal can be one or more satellite services using a single coaxial cable input 202. Audio / video content from The system 200 has a diplexer 204 that separates and filters the input signal according to respective frequencies. The diplexer 204 is a routing circuit that routes the separated signal to an appropriate output terminal (eg, a tuner or networking transceiver) via a first balanced / unbalanced coupler (often referred to as a balun) 208. 212. The routing circuit 212 includes a first input unit 210 and a second input unit 220. The first input 210 is coupled to a first input variable gain amplifier 214 that sets the front end gain and noise characteristics and attenuates the signal in the presence of higher input power. The second input 220 is coupled to a second input variable gain amplifier 222 that sets the front end gain and noise characteristics and attenuates the signal in the presence of higher input power. The first input 210 and the second input unit 220 are any output device in which any one of the input units 210 and 220 includes any of the first tuner 246, the second tuner 248, and the networking transceiver 250. Are connected to a crossover switch 216 that allows them to be accessed independently. The routing circuit 212 further includes output buffer amplifiers 218, 224 and 226. These output buffer amplifiers operate in a conventional manner and are coupled between the cross switch 216 and the respective outputs 246, 248 and 250. Further, a balanced / unbalanced coupler 251 may be coupled between the output buffer amplifier 226 and the networking transceiver 250.

  The system 200 can also communicate bi-directionally with other similar set-top boxes via a home networking protocol. The home network transceiver 250 of the system 200 has a networking receiver 254 that receives a DHN signal 256 (eg, a MoCA home networking signal). The DHN signal 256 has a frequency associated with the DHN signal 256 that at least partially overlaps one frequency of the input signal received via the input unit 202. System 200 has additional circuitry that enables processing of DHN signal 256 received via networking receiver 254. System 200 further includes a coupler 242 connected to a first MoCA transmit filter 240 that removes harmonics from the networking receiver 254. The MoCA amplifier 238 is connected to the first MoCA filter 240 and provides the final output gain for the transmitted DHN signal 256. The second MoCA transmit filter 236 is connected to the MoCA amplifier 238 and removes any remaining harmonics from the receiver 254 and any harmonics generated by the amplifier 238. From the second MoCA transmit filter 236, the DHN signal 256 is provided to the transmit / receive (TX / RX) switch 232 and the routing circuit 212. When received by the routing circuit 212, the DHN signal is provided to the network transceiver 250 for communication to further set top boxes on the network. Further, when received, the DHN signal 256 may be provided to a system controller (not shown) to process the DHN signal 256 into audio and video data. Conversely, the system controller also summarizes data from incoming satellite signals, or retrieves data from storage drives, and other external on the home network (ie, connected via a coaxial cable) The data can also be transmitted to the DHN transceiver 250 for transmission to devices with multiple DHNs. DHN data allows a user to connect a DHN signal to a personal computer via Ethernet, thereby enabling the user to connect to digital streaming audio / video data (eg, from a service provider using a set top box). By a box that incorporates or is not equipped with a DHN that uses a converter (eg, Ethernet® Coaxial Cable Bridge (ECB)) that allows for selective viewing of downloaded movies) , May be selectively sent to other set top boxes.

  The set top box shown in FIG. 2 is configured to operate in a first mode in which system 200 receives broadcast signals and in a second mode in which system 200 receives broadcast signals and digital home networking signals. The determination of the operating mode may be made according to the mechanism described in FIGS. In the first mode of operation, input signal 202 from a single coaxial cable is provided to diplexer 204. Diplexer 204 filters the incoming signal into a spectral portion from 950 MHz to 2150 MHz, known as L-band 206, and a spectral portion from 250 MHz to 750 MHz, known as B-band 228. The diplexer 204 is fed to the first input 210 of the routing circuit 212 and is distributed to one or more of the first set of satellite tuner / demodulators 246, 258 (L to 950-2150 MHz as required). It operates on the band) satellite signal 206. System 200 further includes a control diplexer 230 that is coupled between diplexer 204 and transmit / receive switch 232. The control diplexer 230 filters, for example, the control signal between a 2.3 MHz MoCA control signal generated via the SWM module and a satellite B-band signal operating above 500 MHz. Satellite signals filtered by the diplexer 204 in the range of 250 to 750 MHz (B band) are routed to the second input 220 via the control diplexer 230 and the transmit / receive switch 232. The TX / RX switch 232 is set to default to allow only the B-band signal 228 to pass because it is in the first mode of operation. The routing circuit 212 distributes the B-band signal 228 to one or more of the second set of satellite tuner / demodulators 246, 248. It should be noted that the first set and the second set of satellite tuner / demodulators may be the same. The first operation mode is the DiseqC mode or the non-DHN mode. Non-DHN mode exists when the incoming signal is sourced from multiple sources via a common coaxial cable and there is no single-wire multiplex signaling mode.

  The second mode of operation is the DHN mode, whereby the system 200 allows the broadcast signal over the entire spectral range (250 MHz to 2150 MHz) and a frequency (500 MHz to 600 MHz) that partially overlaps a portion of the broadcast signal frequency range. DHN signal having). In the second mode of operation, the SWM module (not shown) provides an FSK control signal that is filtered by the SWM filter 244. The SWM filter 244 is a narrow band pass filter and filters a signal having a frequency lower than 2.3 MHz. In the second mode of operation, the DHN signal 256 is received by the networking receiver 254. Since the DHN signal 256 has a frequency between 500 MHz and 600 MHz, the satellite signal used by the system 200 is remixed and has a frequency between 950 MHz and 2150 MHz. In this mode, the networking transceiver 250 (or alternatively, the SWM module) has a first portion that allows passage of B-band satellite signals and a second portion that allows passage of DHN signals 256. The TX / RX switch 232 is set so as to switch between the two. The TX / RX switch 232 required for DHN signal transmission is placed in front of the routing IC 212 to allow a tap-in point for the DHN transmission path. In the second mode of operation, the TX / RX switch 232 sends a DHN signal 256 to the second input 220 of the routing circuit 212. When routing circuit 212 receives DHN signal 245, crossover switch 216 automatically couples second input 220 with the output associated with DHN transceiver 250, and DHN signal 256 is the transmitter of networking transceiver 250. 252 is given.

  The cross switch 216 selectively routes all input signals to the appropriate output device, whether the input signal is a broadcast signal or a DHN signal. In the first mode of operation, L-band signal 228 is routed to either tuner 246 and / or 248 by a switch. In addition, B-band signals routed through the second input 220 are also routed by the cross switch 216 to either the tuner 246 or 248 as required. In this mode, the cross switch 216 blocks access to the networking transceiver 250 and the TX / RX switch 232 is fixed in a receive mode that allows the B-band signal to reach the second input 220. . In the second operation mode, all broadcast signals exceed the threshold frequency of 950 MHz and are provided to the first input unit 210. The crossover switch 216 selectively switches between tuners 246 and 248 as needed, and satellite signals are provided to them. Further, in the second mode of operation, the cross switch 216 automatically routes the signal received at the second input 220 to the network transceiver 250 because there is no B-band signal filtered by the diplexer 204. To do. The TX / RX switch 232 is selectively switched between a transmission mode and a reception mode as needed to allow transmission and reception of home networking signals. The mode of operation is set prior to system operation, as described below with respect to FIGS. 3A-3C. The operating mode may be changed during a new installation or during an upgrade of an existing installation.

  The system advantageously uses the second input 220 of the routing circuit 212 to receive either the B-band signal or the DHN signal 256, if present. TX / RX switch 232 further provides transmission for DHN signal 256 for output through connector 202. This second mode of operation, which provides a transmission path for DHN signal 256, is advantageously used when incoming signals are provided from multiple sources via a common coaxial cable, eg, via DiseqC signaling mode. .

  The architecture of system 200 advantageously reduces device complexity by eliminating two switches, a receive signal amplifier, and a signal attenuator, while retaining the advantages of a diplexing arrangement for operation in non-DHN mode. Reduce. The arrangement can also reduce the additional filtering and signal separation required for proper operation of the satellite broadcast receiver circuit for both L-band and B-band. System 200 advantageously uses diplexer 204 to separate B and L band signals, allowing the use of inputs 210 and 220 to route the desired signal to tuners 246 and 248. Without this diplexer 204, the system may require two switches for satellite signals to use the two inputs of the routing circuit 212. The first switch replaces the diplexer 204. However, this is because a 250 MHz high-pass filter in one switch leg that provides a good input voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of 250-2150 MHz for non-DiseqC mode is technically complex and expensive. Present specific challenges. Furthermore, the other switch legs should further have a diplexer with a steep cutoff (since it is a SWM mode diplexer). In addition, the system requires other filters after these filters for switching between L-band and B-band satellite signals. The system 200 shown in FIG. 2 provides them by providing a diplexer 204 and a TX / RX switch 232 to allow the use of the second input 220 in the routing circuit 212 for both broadcast and home networking signals. To eliminate the disadvantages.

  3 to 5 show examples of mechanisms for controlling the switching operation by the routing circuit. The control mechanism maximizes the input availability for use by multiple different types of digital data signals, even when the system has two overlapping signals routed through the switch. Makes it possible. In an exemplary operation, the control processor analyzes the configuration data to condition the switch operation. As used herein, the term “processor” is hardware conditioned to operate with a set of encoded logical instructions that direct the operation of other circuits in the system. The configuration data used by the system has at least one predetermined configuration data including information that conditions the system to supply a first signal type within the first frequency range to the first input of the routing circuit. You can do it. The configuration data provides the system to supply a first signal type in a different frequency range to the second input and to supply a second signal type in the second frequency range to the second input. It further has information to condition. This advantageously allows the system to use two existing inputs to provide two different signal types for demodulation, even in the presence of overlapping frequency ranges associated with them. Enable. 3-5 describe an exemplary control mechanism and configuration data used to condition system operation.

  FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a system using predetermined setting data used when controlling the switch in the routing circuit. For example, during the initial setup of the set top box, the installer sets the configuration data to include information that the set top box is in SWM mode and should operate. The setting data is given to the TX / RX switch 315 and the routing switch 310 as a control signal 320 by a system controller (not shown). The routing switch 310 uses the information in the control signal 320 to direct the transmission path to the desired demodulator (ie, tuner or network transceiver). This mechanism was described above in FIG. In the SWM mode, the set top box can receive a plurality of input signals including a satellite signal and a DHN signal at the common input unit 302. In SWM mode, the received satellite signals include signals having a frequency between 250 MHz and 2150 MHz. However, the SWM module remixes the signals as necessary so that all satellite signals are above the threshold frequency of 950 MHz. This signal is filtered by the diplexer 305 to have a first input signal of a first type (broadcast signal) having a frequency greater than the threshold frequency and a first type or second type having a frequency below the threshold frequency ( DHN signal) and the second input signal. The first type of first input signal is a cable / satellite signal in the L-band frequency range that is supplied to the first input 307 of the routing circuit 300 as described above in connection with FIGS. It may be. The control signal 320 is supplied to the TX / RX switch 315. Based on the information in the control signal 320 that identifies the second input signal as the second type (ie, DHN signal), the TX / RX switch IC 315 sends the MoCADHN to the second input 309 of the routing circuit 300. It is set to operate in a TX / RX mode that allows signal transmission. The control signal 320 is also received by the routing circuit 310. The control signal 320 allows the set top box routing circuit 310 to route the incoming second input signal to be supplied to the DHN receiver 330 for demodulation.

  Alternatively, the control signal 320 may include information instructing the set top box to operate in the conventional DiseqC mode. Thereby, the incoming signal is divided into an L-band signal and a B-band signal by the diplexer 305. The L band signal is received by the first input unit 307. In the DiseqC mode, the information in the control signal 320 provided to the TX / RX switch 315 sets the switch to operate in the RX mode and receive the B band from the diplexer 305. The TX / RX switch 315 supplies a B-band signal at the second input unit 309. The control signal 320 further sets the routing circuit 310 to supply an L-band signal to the first tuner 332 and a B-band signal to the second tuner 334. The above signal transmission path is provided as an example only, and the control signal 320 can be either an L-band signal or a B-band signal, a tuner 332 or 334, the same tuner, and a further demodulator circuit (see FIG. Note that it may be directed to at least one of any of (not shown).

  FIG. 4 represents another control mechanism implemented by the system to selectively determine signal transmission paths for a plurality of different types of input signals. The control mechanism allows for adaptive switching between operating modes so that the set top box can switch operating modes at a given time based on the content of the received input signal. In this embodiment, a mode controller 440 is provided and uses an advanced algorithm for automatically detecting the signal configuration. In operation, the mode controller 440 generates a detection signal 445 that polls the content of the input signal received at the input connector 402. It may be done, for example, by polling the coaxial cable for the presence of an outdoor unit with a SWM present at a particular location. If the signal 445 returned to the mode controller 440 returns no result, i.e., the test is false, the mode controller 440 determines that the set top box should operate in DiseqC mode. In the DiseqC mode, the diplexer 405 filters the input signal to provide a first type of first input signal (L-band satellite signal having a frequency between 950 MHz and 2150 MHz) and a first type of second. Divided into input signals (B-band satellite signals having a frequency between 250 MHz and 950 MHz). Mode controller 440 sets routing switch 410 to send L-band and B-band signals to respective tuners 432 and 434 for demodulation. In this mode, the L-band signal is supplied at the first input 407 of the routing circuit 400 and the B-band signal is supplied at the second input 409 of the routing circuit 400. The mode controller 440 sets the routing switch 410 to switch between the first tuner 432 and the second tuner 434 in order to provide a signal transmission path to the desired tuner for demodulation. In this mode, the set top box does not implement the DHN mode and the DHN mode remains stopped.

  Alternatively, if the result of the test performed by mode controller 440 returns a true value via detection signal 445, mode controller 440 generates control signal 420 that is provided to TX / RX switch 415. The control signal 420 causes the TX / RX switch 415 to operate in a transmit / receive mode that receives a second type of second input signal (ie, a DHN signal having a frequency below 950 MHz and between 500 MHz and 600 MHz). Set. The DHN signal is supplied to the routing circuit 400 via the second input unit 409. The mode controller 440 sets the routing switch 410 to route the DHN signal to the home network transceiver 430 for demodulation. In this mode, the mode controller 440 also sets the routing switch 410 to route the L-band signal received via the first input 407 of the routing circuit 400 to one of the tuners 432 or 434 for demodulation. Set.

  FIG. 5 is yet another embodiment of a control mechanism implemented by the system. This control mechanism uses a power controller 560 connected to the routing circuit 500 to detect the amount of power of the second input signal to set the operation of the TX / RX switch 515. The power controller 560, shown as a separate discrete circuit, is provided as an example only and, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, the function and operation of the power controller 560 is similar to the system discussed in FIG. It may be incorporated as part of the controller circuit. The switch 510 is an AGC (automatic gain) that detects the amount of power present in the signal within the first frequency range (ie, 250 MHz to 950 MHz) at the first input 507 and the second input 509 of the routing circuit 500. Control) detector 562. The switch 510 further includes a narrowband AGC detector 564 that detects the amount of power present in a signal within a narrower frequency range (ie, 500 MHz to 600 MHz) at the first input 507 and the second input 509. . In operation, power controller 560 detects the amount of power present at input connector 502. The input signal is filtered by a diplexer 505 to provide a first input signal having a frequency between 950 MHz and 2150 MHz (L-band signal) and a second input signal having a frequency between 250 MHz and 950 MHz (ie, B band or DHN signal). When detecting that power is present at the second input 509, the narrowband AGC detector 564 detects the presence of power at a frequency outside the DHN band (500-600 MHz). These detectors measure or detect all the power present at their respective inputs, but the detector at the second input 509 in order for the diplexer 505 to filter and split the original input signal. Detection by 562, 564 determines whether power is present below 950 MHz. A second AGC detection estimate can be obtained using an AGC detector (not shown) in tuners 532, 534. Each tuner has an AGC detector with a pickoff point downstream of the narrower band limiting filter required by the tuner to tune to a specific frequency. The AGC detector in the tuner senses the power available in that particular narrow bandwidth. For example, if the tuner is tuned to receive satellite signals at 1100 MHz, the AGC detector will power within a frequency range between 1090 MHz and 1110 MHz, depending on how narrow the tuner filter is set. Try to verify.

  In response to a report or indication that power is outside the DHN frequency range, the set-top box is defaulted to operate in Diseq C mode and sends the L-band signal to the first input 507 of the routing circuit 500. The B band signal is sent to the second input unit 509 of the routing circuit 500. The power controller 560 passes the L and B band signals received via the first input 507 and the second input 509 to the desired tuner / demodulators 532 and 534 to the routing switch 510. Instruct.

  In response to a report or indication that power is not present in the signal outside the DHN band and the narrowband AGC detector 564 has detected power within the DHN band frequency range, the power controller 560 confirms the presence of the SWM. Generate and transmit a SWM polling signal that is sent out to enable the DHN mode to be enabled. The SWM polling signal is supplied to an external receiving facility (not shown) via the connector 502 by the power controller 560. The power controller 560 generates a communication message to an external SWM device and receives a communication message from the SWM device (the communication mode of the SWM is bidirectional FSK at 2.3 MHz). The controller 560 sends an FSK polling message communicated on the coaxial cable, and if there is an SWM master (dish) on the coaxial cable, it responds and starts sending set-top “registration” information. This information is used to set the operation of the switch 510 in the routing circuit 500.

  Once enabled to operate in DHN mode, the satellite signal is remixed as necessary to have a frequency greater than the threshold frequency of 950 MHz. The satellite signal is divided by the diplexer 505 and supplied at the first input 507 of the routing circuit 500. The routing switch 510 sends these signals to at least one of the tuners 532, 534 for demodulation. Further, the TX / RX switch 515 is configured to operate in a transmit / receive mode that enables DHN signal transmission in response to a configuration signal provided by the power controller 560, and the DHN signal is 2 is supplied at the input unit 509. The power controller 560 sets the routing switch 510 to route the DHN signal to the networking transceiver 530.

  An exemplary method of system operation is given in FIG. In step 600, the set top box receives at least one of a broadcast signal and a home networking signal at a common input. The frequency range of the broadcast signal overlaps with the frequency range of the home networking signal. As used herein, a broadcast signal is a digital data signal used to transmit audio / visual or other data by, for example, a cable or satellite provider. In step 610, the system adaptively determines whether the received signal is a broadcast signal or a home networking signal. This determination is made by dividing the received signal into components above and below a threshold frequency (eg, 950 MHz). Any signal split by the diplexer above the threshold frequency is determined to be a broadcast signal and fed to the first input of the set top box routing circuit. The routing circuit assigns the broadcast signal to a specific signal transmission path. Once assigned, at step 620, the broadcast signal is demodulated using a first demodulation process. The first demodulation process may comprise, for example, tuning to frequency in response to user selection of a particular content channel. For example, the broadcast signal is supplied to a tuner for demodulation and display on a display device in a conventional manner. Any signal divided by the diplexer below the threshold frequency is determined to be a home networking signal and fed to the second input of the set top box routing circuit. Assign to a route. Once assigned to the second signal transmission path, the home networking signal is provided at step 630 for demodulation by a second demodulation process. The second demodulation process may comprise, for example, processing of digital home networking signals in a conventional manner. For example, the home networking signal is provided to a networking transceiver for demodulation and communication to a further set top box on the network. This method uses two inputs of the routing circuit to receive three different types of input signals (only two of which were previously receivable). Thus, a set top box that operates according to the above method is simpler in construction and less expensive to manufacture.

  Another exemplary mode of operation is given in FIG. In step 700, the set top box receives a signal at a common signal input. The received signal spans the first frequency range and the second frequency range. The received signal is divided at step 710 according to frequency. The portion of the received signal in the first frequency range is provided as the first input signal, and the portion of the received signal in the second frequency range is provided as the second input signal. The first input signal in the first frequency range is of the first signal type. For example, the diplexer divides the signal based on the threshold frequency and assigns a signal having a frequency above the threshold frequency as the first input signal type (ie, L-band). In step 720, it is determined whether the received signal portion in the second frequency range is the first signal type or the second signal type. This determination may be made as discussed in accordance with the description of FIG. 6, whereby the system senses the power associated with the signal to determine the mode of operation. For example, a second input signal in the second frequency range may have power outside the specific frequency range (ie below 500 MHz and above 600 MHz) or within the specific frequency range (ie from 500 MHz). Polled to determine if it is between 600 MHz. The second input signal is determined to be of the first type (ie, a B-band signal) when power is sensed or detected in at least one of the frequency ranges outside the specific frequency range. However, if no power is detected outside the specific frequency range and power is detected within the specific frequency range, the second input signal is determined to be of the second signal type (ie, DHN signal). Is done. Having determined the nature of the split signal, in step 730, the frequency range of the second portion is the first if the received signal portion in the second frequency range is determined to be of the first signal type. Supplied for demodulation by a demodulator capable of demodulating the signal type. Alternatively, if the frequency range of the second part is determined to be of the second signal type, the routing circuit converts the frequency range of the second part of the second type to the second frequency range. If the received signal portion is determined to be of the second signal type, the second signal type is fed to a demodulator capable of demodulating. Although the operations discussed in FIG. 7 have been described using the mechanism described in FIG. 5, those skilled in the art can easily adapt their control mechanism to follow either FIG. 3 and / or FIG. it can.

  As described above, the system can receive broadcast type signals (eg, signals supplied via a satellite network) and home networking signals (eg, signals supplied via MoCA). The system may operate in one of two modes. Initially, the receiver determines whether the current operation is not in a single-wire multiplex mode utilizing the B-band frequency range, either by input from the user or by a decision made by the microprocessor in the set top box. If the set-top box determines that B-band is being used, home networking operation is disabled and the network switch shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 allows the input signal from the input diplexer to be sent to the satellite tuner / demodulator circuit. Connected to be connected. However, if the set-top box determines that B-band is not used, home networking operation is enabled and the network switch shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 allows the input signal from the input diplexer to be sent to the home networking transceiver. Connected to be connected. It should also be noted that the user may control whether home networking operations are available even when B-band broadcast signals are not used. In addition, operational decisions for B-band usage may be made at the initial set-top box configuration or may be continuously updated. For example, the availability of home networking operations may be determined each time a new program or channel is selected by the user. In this way, home networking operations may simply be interrupted rather than completely removed from use based on the presence of B-band signals in some cases.

  While the embodiments may be subject to various modifications and alternative forms, specific embodiments are shown by way of example in the drawings and are described in detail herein. However, it should be understood that this disclosure is not intended to be limited to the specific forms disclosed. Rather, the disclosure should cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the scope of the disclosure as defined by the appended claims.

Regarding the above embodiment, the following additional notes are disclosed.
[Appendix 1]
Receiving at least one of a broadcast signal and a home networking signal;
Determining whether the received signal is a broadcast signal or a home networking signal, and
The frequency range of the broadcast signal overlaps with the frequency range of the home networking signal.
[Appendix 2]
The method of claim 1, further comprising the step of demodulating the received signal by a first demodulation process when the received signal is a broadcast signal.
[Appendix 3]
The first demodulation process comprises tuning to a signal having a frequency range equal to or greater than a threshold frequency;
The method according to appendix 2.
[Appendix 4]
The method of claim 1, further comprising: demodulating the received signal by a second demodulation process if the received signal is a home networking signal.
[Appendix 5]
The second demodulation process is performed by a home network transceiver on a signal having a frequency range less than a threshold frequency;
The method according to appendix 4.
[Appendix 6]
Said step of determining whether said received signal is a broadcast signal or a home networking signal;
Receiving configuration data; and
Identifying a mode of operation in response to the configuration data;
Adjusting a switch to send the broadcast signal to an input of a routing circuit for demodulation by a first demodulation process in a first mode of operation;
The method of claim 1, further comprising adjusting a switch to send the home networking signal to the input of the routing circuit for demodulation by a second demodulation process in a second mode of operation.
[Appendix 7]
The switch enables bi-directional communication in the second mode of operation;
The method according to appendix 6.
[Appendix 8]
Receiving a signal having a first frequency range and a second frequency range;
Dividing the received signal into a first part of a first signal type in the first frequency range and a second part in the second frequency range;
Determining whether the second portion of the received signal is a first signal type or a second signal type;
Demodulating the second portion of the received signal by a first signal type demodulator if it is determined that the second portion of the received signal is the first signal type. And a method comprising:
[Appendix 9]
Demodulating the second portion of the received signal by a second signal type demodulator if the second portion of the received signal is determined to be of the second signal type. The method according to appendix 8, further comprising:
[Appendix 10]
The first type of signal is a broadcast signal and the second type of signal is a home networking signal;
The method according to appendix 8.
[Appendix 11]
The determining step includes:
Polling the signal prior to receipt at an input connector to identify the second portion of the received signal as the signal of the first signal type or the second signal type. The method according to appendix 8.
[Appendix 12]
The determining step includes:
Providing a sub-frequency range associated with the second type of signal within the second frequency range;
Detecting power present in a frequency range above and below the sub-frequency range; and
The second portion of the received signal is a first signal type when power is detected in at least one of a frequency range above and below the sub-frequency range. Determining that there is,
The method of claim 8, further comprising: determining that the second portion of the received signal is of a second signal type if power is detected within the sub-frequency range.
[Appendix 13]
Demodulating the second portion of the received signal by a second signal type demodulator if the second portion of the received signal is determined to be of the second signal type. The method according to appendix 12, further comprising:
[Appendix 14]
The second signal type is a home networking signal and the second signal type demodulator is a home networking transceiver;
The method according to appendix 13.
[Appendix 15]
The first signal type is a broadcast signal and the first signal type demodulator has a broadcast signal tuner;
The method according to appendix 8.
[Appendix 16]
A diplexer for receiving a signal and filtering the signal to produce a portion of the received signal in a first frequency range and a portion of the received signal in a second frequency range;
A switching circuit coupled to the diplexer and receiving a portion of the received signal in the second frequency range;
A controller coupled to the output of the switching circuit to determine whether the portion of the received signal in the second frequency range is of a first signal type or a second signal type;
For demodulation based on whether the portion of the received signal that is coupled to the switching circuit and in the second frequency range is the first signal type or the second signal type, the second And at least one demodulator for receiving a portion of the received signal in the frequency range.
[Appendix 17]
The first signal type is a broadcast signal and the second signal type is a home networking signal;
The device is
At least one tuner for tuning to the broadcast signal;
The apparatus of claim 16, further comprising: a networking transceiver that demodulates the home networking signal.
[Appendix 18]
The controller is configured during initial setup of the device to determine whether the portion of the received signal that is in the second frequency range is the first signal type or the second signal type. Using predetermined setting information given to
The apparatus according to appendix 16.
[Appendix 19]
The controller further includes at least one power detector that detects whether power is present in at least one of the range above the predetermined frequency range, the range below the predetermined frequency range, and the predetermined frequency range. Have
The controller is configured to receive the portion of the received signal that is in the second frequency range when power is present in at least one of a range above the predetermined frequency range and a range below the predetermined frequency range. Is determined to be the first signal type, or if the power is within the predetermined frequency range, the portion of the received signal that is in the second frequency range is the second signal type To decide,
The apparatus according to appendix 16.
[Appendix 20]
The controller configures the switching circuit to provide the second portion of the received signal to a network transceiver demodulator;
The apparatus according to appendix 19.
[Appendix 21]
Means for receiving one of a broadcast signal and a home networking signal;
Means for determining whether the received signal is a broadcast signal or a home networking signal;
The apparatus, wherein a frequency range of the broadcast signal overlaps with a frequency range of the home networking signal.
[Appendix 22]
The apparatus according to appendix 21, further comprising means for demodulating the received signal by a first demodulation process when the received signal is a broadcast signal.
[Appendix 23]
The means for demodulating by the first demodulation process comprises means for tuning to a signal having a frequency range above a threshold frequency;
The apparatus according to appendix 22.
[Appendix 24]
The apparatus of claim 21, further comprising means for demodulating the received signal by a second demodulation process when the received signal is a home networking signal.
[Appendix 25]
The second demodulation process is performed by a home network transceiver on a signal having a frequency range less than a threshold frequency;
The apparatus according to appendix 24.
[Appendix 26]
The means for determining whether the received signal is a broadcast signal or a home networking signal;
Means for receiving configuration data;
Identifying a mode of operation in response to the configuration data;
Means for adjusting the switch to send the broadcast signal to an input of a routing circuit for demodulation by a first demodulation process in a first mode of operation;
The apparatus of claim 21, further comprising means for adjusting a switch to send the home networking signal to the input of the routing circuit for demodulation by a second demodulation process in a second mode of operation.
[Appendix 27]
The switch enables bi-directional communication in the second mode of operation;
Item 27. The device according to item 26.

[Cross-reference of related applications]
This application claims priority based on US Provisional Application No. 61/206392, filed Jan. 30, 2009.

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  1. Receiving a signal that is at least one of a broadcast type and a digital home networking type;
    Dividing the received signal into a first portion of the received signal in a first frequency range and a second portion of the received signal in a second frequency range. The first portion of the received signal in the first frequency range is the broadcast type;
    Determining whether the second portion of the received signal is the broadcast type or the digital home networking type;
    Demodulating the second portion of the received signal by a tuner / demodulator if it is determined that the second portion of the received signal is of the broadcast type;
    The step of determining includes
    Detecting signal power in the second portion of the received signal;
    Detecting signal power outside a narrower frequency range that is a digital home networking band;
    Determining that the second portion of the received signal is of the broadcast type if signal power outside the narrower frequency range is detected;
    If the signal power in the second portion of the received signal is detected and no signal power outside the narrower frequency range is detected, the second portion of the received signal is the digital home Determining the networking type.
  2. Polling to confirm the presence of a single wire mode module so that the digital home network mode is enabled when the second portion of the received signal is determined to be the digital home networking type. Sending a signal;
    Enabling the digital home network mode if the presence of the single wire mode module is confirmed;
    2. The method of claim 1, further comprising demodulating the second portion of the received signal by a home networking transceiver when the digital home network mode is enabled.
  3. A switch to send the broadcast type signal to an input of a routing circuit for demodulation by the tuner / demodulator if the second portion of the received signal is determined to be the broadcast type; Step to go,
    If the second portion of the received signal is determined to be the digital home networking type, the digital home networking type signal is input to the routing circuit for demodulation by the home networking transceiver. 3. The method of claim 2, further comprising the step of peeling the switch to send to a section.
  4. The step of determining includes
    Receiving configuration data from the single wire mode module in response to the polling signal;
    Identifying an operating mode for receiving the broadcast type signal in response to the received configuration data;
    The method of claim 2.
  5. Receiving a signal that is at least one of a broadcast type and a digital home networking type and receiving the signal that is in a first frequency range and a second frequency range of the received signal that is in a first frequency range; A diplexer in which the received signal is filtered to produce a second portion of the received signal, and the first portion of the received signal in the first frequency range is the broadcast type. When,
    A switching circuit coupled to the diplexer and receiving the second portion of the received signal in the second frequency range;
    A controller coupled to the output of the switching circuit to determine whether the second portion of the received signal in the second frequency range is the broadcast type or the digital home networking type; ,
    The second frequency range for demodulation when the second portion of the received signal in the second frequency range that is coupled to the switching circuit is determined to be the broadcast type. At least one tuner / demodulator for receiving the second portion of the received signal at
    The controller further includes:
    Detecting signal power in the second portion of the received signal;
    Detect signal power outside the narrower frequency range that is a digital home networking band,
    Determining that the second portion of the received signal is the broadcast type if signal power outside the narrower frequency range is detected;
    If the signal power in the second portion of the received signal is detected and no signal power outside the narrower frequency range is detected, the second portion of the received signal is the digital home A device that is configured to determine that it is a networking type.
  6. In order to receive the digital home networking type signal when the second portion of the received signal in the second frequency range is determined to be the digital home networking type, Further configured to provide a polling signal to determine whether a one-wire mode module is present;
    6. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising a home networking transceiver that demodulates the digital home networking type signal.
  7. The controller further includes:
    Receiving configuration data from the single wire mode module in response to the polling signal;
    Configured to identify an operation mode for receiving the broadcast type signal in response to the received configuration data;
    The apparatus according to claim 6.
  8. The controller sets the switching circuit to provide the second portion of the received signal to the home networking transceiver;
    The apparatus according to claim 6.
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